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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
bottle - Pours dark amber-brown with a small tan head. Thereís some clear hops presence in the aroma along with caramel malt. Thereís a good, sweet flavor up front with well balanced hops and lingering bitterness. Itís actually pretty good, a good one from the Rhinelander bunch, some of which are quite mediocre.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4609) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle. Like a sweet hoppy mild so maybe not like a mild at all. Bold calling a beer Traditional in Alberta. Hard to believe the IBUs are at 80. If they could dry it out it might be a cool beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6096) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Rich amber pour with a creamy head. Fig/raisin, a little syrupy - not a bad offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #63. Cloudy dark brown pour with a nice tan head that left a little lace. Strong malty aroma, caramel and some raisin with just a hint if soapiness. More soap up front with the flavor, that faded into more sweet caramel with a hoppyness following that. Not terrible, especially for a $1.99. (2402)

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
r464 (1916) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Malty, toasty. Flavor is somewhat off, perhaps with a burnt touch that seems a bit nasty. Hints of earth (dirty) and grass with a touch of hops in the finish, but overwhelmed by the downsides.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayOfBeer (667) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle: HLV alias, pours mahagony brown with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is malty with some chocolate and a little skunkiness. Flavor is a dusty bitter cocoa powder with some metallic notes and a lightly sweet bread. Palate is mostly powdery dry with just a light sweetness. This beer is ok for the price but a little off with the metallic bits and the bitter balance could do with a little more sweetness, especially initially.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
22 ounnce bottle pours a brown color, aroma of caramel, nuts, light cutrus, and some sweet malt. Flavors same as aroma, average brown ale, would drink again.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
This was disappointing. Now, it was only $1.99/bomber, so what can you expect, but I do expect that Trader Joeís isnít going to align itself with something that canít pass for a quality product. The biggest problem here is a really obvious metallic finish that ruined it. The maltiness is murky at the front, too. Better off going with the three buck chuck. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFtaster (54) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle into chilled tall glass. New addition to the Trader Joeís line of craft beers. They also offer an IPA and a double IPA. Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lifting Vessel) is a good, no-frills example of the style. Upfront malt, carmel, and raisin flavors. Surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Packs a good punch at 7% ABV. Great value at $1.99 for a bomber sized bottle.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chudwick (2092) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650ml bottle (AKA Boatswain HLV) - pours deep ruby with plenty of beige head. Nose is caramel and candy sugar. Flavor adds chocolate and a slightly acidic and unfamiliar ingredient (perhaps rotten prunes) but it has a hoppy quality. Dry lips. This beer gets hoppier by the sip and more acidic/sour. Perhaps itís served too warm (18 degrees Celsius). This reminds more of a hoppy amber ale than a brown ale. I donít know if I got a bad batch, if this bottle is served too warm, if this beer is just less than decent or a combination of two/three of my conditions. It leaves me smiling, so thereís that going for it.


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